Hoboken Residents Should Advocate for National Climate Change Policy The Associated Press recently reported that 327 Superfund sites nationwide are in danger of flooding due to sea-level rise caused by climate change. New Jersey is tied with California as the state with the most toxic sites in flood-prone areas. Flooding of these EPA Superfund sites would lead to the spread of toxic contamination to nearby residential communities. The AP’s reporting states that “in Hoboken…the site of a former manufacturing plant for mercury vapor lamps sits within a mile of almost 100,000 residents, including 7,000 children under 5.” The danger of Superfund site flooding highlights one of the many ways in which Hoboken, as a low-lying coastal community, is uniquely susceptible to the effects of sea-level rise caused by climate change. While I applaud local efforts to address the effects of climate change on Hoboken, we need to focus on addressing the causes of climate change as well if we want to stop the effects of climate change on our community from becoming increasingly catastrophic. To truly address the causes of climate change and reduce carbon emissions dramatically, a national policy is necessary. Folks who are interested in getting more involved with national action to fight climate change should consider joining the new Hoboken Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to creating the political will to pass national climate change legislation. Interested people can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.